God of War Ragnarok has finally added a photo mode allowing you to capture the brutal combat and beautiful vistas in new ways.

When I played through God of War Ragnarok for review, the biggest disappointment was that the game didn’t have a photo mode at launch. The game has so many breathtaking moments I’d have snapped away at, I tried my best with some simple screenshots, but it wasn’t the same. Often you’ll wish you could push the camera slightly off-centre or that one of your companions needed to be standing in a particular spot. But here’s where a photo mode always comes in handy! 

Here’s a breakdown of the God of War Ragnarok photo mode features:

  • Apply expressions to the following characters in a scene:

    • Kratos, Atreus, Freya, Brok, Sindri, Tyr, Angrboda, Thor, and Thrúd

    • Hide main or side characters in a scene

    • Adjust camera controls with:

      • Field of View

      • Focal Length

      • Camera Roll

    • Adjust shutter controls with:

      • Depth of Field

      • Focus Distance

      • F-Stop

    • Adjust brightness and filters with:

      • Film Grain

      • Exposure

      • Filter Intensity, with finer controls for Vibrance and Saturation

    • Apply vignettes, borders, and logos

The QA Lead at Santa Monica Studio, and photo mode aficionado, Tim Ward, shared some tips in a press release with us. Check them out below:

  • Adjust the Filter Intensity, Vibrance, and Saturation on your desired filter for a wider range of colours.

  • Be sure to add a vignette when appropriate to give your shot more depth.

  • Don’t be afraid to roll the camera a little bit, especially when shooting combat. It can make your screenshots feel more dynamic and less like the camera is always shooting from a fixed horizontal position.

  • If you like to take vertical shots, you can roll the camera 90 degrees to give yourself the much-needed headroom.

  • Remember, lighting is everything! Your screenshots will really pop if the subject of your shot is properly lit. Know where your light source is when entering Photo Mode to give your subject proper visibility.

  • Take your time looking for a shot you’re happy with. A lot of times, you can enter photo mode thinking of taking a specific shot only to find something else better during that moment. Explore with the camera and move about the scene and see what jumps out at you.

Are you going to be playing around with God of War Ragnarok’s photo mode? Let me know in the comment section below.